My transition from a conventional smartphone to a phablet has been much easier than I expected. I jumped form factors willingly. I haven’t dropped my new phone once and because I wear shirts with big pockets, it’s been a great fit for how use a smartphone. Right up front I have to admit that I have middle-aged eyes, so the large screen on my phablet has made it easier for me to deal with email on my phone. But most of all, I rely on text messaging-- my plan includes unlimited texting as a basic feature. more than at any time in the past. Using my phone for Internet related things has also skyrocketed. Checking to make sure 4G is commonly available in your hometown is something I recommend to anyone who is considering the jump from a conventional smartphone to a phablet. The availability of 4G cell technology was a major reason I switched from my previous carrier, AT&T, to T-Mobile. the entry price for my phablet-- about $220-- was just as important. My previous carrier offered offered a Galaxy Tab 3 that I could buy and use for email for only $10 more a month. If I wanted “to use it for voice, I could install an application that was similar to Skype,” the helpful salesman said right before I walked out the door.Carrying two phone just seems stupid-- although I have kept my old Nexus 5, in case I need access to another phone in a hurry. If you’re someone who is intellectually tied to a smartphone that can easily fit in the vest pocket of an Armani tuxedo, or a Chanel opera clutch, then a phablet probably isn't for you. Also if you’re tied to an activity tracker that works with the iPhone implanted in the right buttocks pocket of your stylish trousers or jeans, a phablet may not be for you, just yet.
I made the switch because my ZTE Zmax phablet came standard with about 11GB of memory and I had grown tired of running out of memory or using obscure hacked memory management applications on my previous phone. My phablets bread and butter features make it possible to run sophisticated agricultural
and fishing applications that make my leisure time more fulfilling. the one downside to all smartphones and phablets is this: manufacturers use mechanical vibrators that are woefully anemic. But the major upside i’ve found in my move to a phablet is I’ve been able to forget worrying about battery life and I no longer carry an emergency power supply in the side pocket of my book bag. looking at my day to day usage, I love the reliable bluetooth transceivers that are used in almost all phablets-- because they works in my Kia hamster van, which has a notoriously finicky blue tooth circuit, and because its standard memory configuration lets me install my GBs of Doobies, Allmans and John Stewart music without ever worrying about running out of memory. Would I do I switch back to an Android or iOS smartphone? No way.--Jim Forbes,February 20,2015.